Downsview Secondary School
Student of the Week
Week of January 3rd, 2022
Downsview, it’s a new year and as we usher in 2022, we also recognize our first Student of the Week for 2022. Monique Cameron is your Student of the Week for the week of January 3rd, 2022, and she is in the twelfth grade.
Monique, let’s get right to the praise for you, from your fans on staff at DSS. First, from Mr Syal: “Monique is a charming young lady with a bright future. She always comes to class with a positive attitude. She works very hard to complete tasks on hand. She is a good role model for the students at Downsview. I wish you good luck with future endeavours.”
From Mr Lewin: “Monique Cameron , we are proud of all that you have accomplished. Thank you for the leadership role that you played in terms of helping to organise Downsview's annual Black Brilliance Conference. You did an exceptional job of highlighting issues that are important to Black youth in today's society. Monique is committed to making a positive difference in the school community and in the larger society. The sky is truly the limit for Monique. She is an exceptional human being and leader, destined to achieve greatness.”
Ms Randhawa adds: “Monique's kind and caring nature is so wonderful to be around! She has a strong presence in any class she is in! DSS will definitely miss Monique when she graduates this year.”
And, hear this, from Mr Wallace: “We learn what we are capable of by doing things we didn't know we could do. We think we know ourselves; we think we know our limits; we think we know how far is too far. And so often we are wrong. In those moments when we think we have committed to too much, but can't turn back because of the commitments we have made to ourselves and others, we learn that self-doubt is not as powerful as we thought. Monique is someone, like many of us, who has battled self-doubt, who has shied away from bigger projects out of worry. But no more. This year, Monique joined Black Brilliance and became a lead presenter on the connections between being Black and Mental Health. She did the work and committed herself to the process. She did this while not quite trusting that the presentations would go well. But she did it anyway. And the results? She could see how all the work she did paid off in workshops that had focus and energy and power. We grow by accepting the risk of failure as a possibility, but learning to trust that nothing is wasted when we put our whole selves into what we do. Monique has begun to glimpse what is possible for her now, and it is a wonderful thing.”
Monique, your power has been felt at Downsview, and we have taken notice. Soon, you’ll burst through our doors and take your power, as they say, “to the next level”. Congratulations, once again, on your win as Student of the Week.